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Goolwa's Laneway Gets a Facelift

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Published September 10th 2016
Brand new sculptures welcome visitors
Do you know BF Laurie Lane near Goolwa's main street? Named after a legal character from Goolwa's rich, historical past, this small laneway leads to quite a collection of interesting things to see and do. The laneway has been undergoing somewhat of a facelift lately, making it an even more appealing place to visit.

BF Laurie Lane
BF Laurie Lane

The lane starts on Goolwa Terrace, winds past Laurie Lane Studios and leads to the Signal Point Complex where you'll find a cellar door, a cafe and one of Goolwa's treasured art galleries. Once inside the building you'll have wonderful views of the River Murray, Goolwa's historic wharf and the Hindmarsh Island Bridge.

Signal Point
Signal Point, at the end of BF Laurie Lane

Next to BF Laurie Lane is Jekejere Park, a tranquil area, of significance to the local Ngarrindjeri people. You'll see mosaics, native plants and information plaques about bush medicines, food and local indigenous culture.

Jekejere Park
Jekejere Park

Right next to Jekejere Park is yet another treasured gallery; The South Coast Regional Arts Gallery whose building was once the Goolwa Police Station and Court House.

South Coast Regional Art Centre
South Coast Regional Art Centre

There's no shortage of things to see and do near BF Laurie Lane, but here's the really exciting bit;

The local council have almost completed an exciting project to further highlight the entrance to the Signal Point Complex and the Goolwa Wharf Precinct. Opposite the laneway, on Goolwa Terrace, is a brand new paved outdoor seating area with cafes, gardens and fabulous artwork.

Paved seating area adjacent to cafes
Paved seating area adjacent to cafes

A pelican sculpture stands guard.

Across from there, at the start of BF Laurie Lane, are three timber sculptures carved by talented local artists. The timber used was from trees that were blown over by recent storms.

Sculpture by Ngarrindjeri artist Robert Wuldi.
Sculpture by Ngarrindjeri artist Robert Wuldi.

Adelaide Hills artist Silvio Apponyi, Ngarrindjeri artist Robert Wuldi and Goolwa artist Lars Heldmann, worked on the sculptures from the end of July until the first week in August and happily chatted to interested passers-by about their works in progress.

Now completed, the sculptures are soon to be relocated to their delegated area at the start of the laneway where they will serve to welcome visitors to the Goolwa Wharf Precinct.

Follow the history trail
Follow the history trail

Completion of the project will see interpretative signage along BF Laurie Lane outlining Goolwa's European and Indigenous cultural history and association to the River Murray.

So you can go for a walk, see some local art, learn something of Goolwa's history, appreciate the local environment and enjoy a cup of coffee or some local wine. Maybe both?
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Why? Public Art and more to enjoy
When: Anytime
Where: BF Laurie Lane, Goolwa
Cost: Free to see
Your Comment
Very pretty area, Karen - love the Pelican!
by Elaine (score: 3|8462) 1842 days ago
Goolwa I know quite welll,going back to the 1940's.Nice to see it making a name for itself and can now be considered a top place to visit in the region.Has retained much of its rich historical presence,which in itself is a rewarding experience.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1837 days ago
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